Lak­ers storm away to a win

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - Sharni Lloyd pre­pares to put up a shot, while Laura Mundy de­fends and Bianca Wil­lis of­fers sup­port. By Ali­son O’Connor Laura Mundy and Sharni Lloyd side­line throw in. ring. Laura Mundy does a bal­anc­ing act to keep the ball in on the side­lines. Te­gan Sideb

Nagam­bie has put Avenel to the sword in a stun­ning 32-goal turn­around from their round one match.

When the sides met in the open­ing game of the sea­son, Avenel was a ru­n­away win­ner by 18 goals — al­beit against an un­der­manned Lak­ers side.

In Satur­day’s re­turn bout it was the op­po­site story, with the Lak­ers tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Swans’ ex­ten­sive in­jury list to storm away to a 38-24 win.

‘‘Given that we lost by 18 goals in round one, we set the tar­get to im­prove on that this week. Win­ning wasn’t a pri­or­ity for us,’’ Nagam­bie coach Abby Misiti said.

‘‘It was great to turn that score­line around, but we’re fully aware they were un­der­manned, so we won’t get ahead of our­selves know­ing they have play­ers to come back in.’’

It was a low-scor­ing af­fair, with turnovers aplenty through­out the match.

Nagam­bie held a slim four­goal lead by quar­ter time, but had blown that mar­gin out con­sid­er­ably by half-time, at which point the game was more or less over.

The Lak­ers re­stricted Avenel to just seven goals in the open­ing two terms, and held a com­mand­ing 11-goal lead by the main break.

‘‘That tells the story right there,’’ Avenel stand-in coach Laura Mundy said.

‘‘Seven goals in a half of net­ball just isn’t good enough. We need to be more com­pet­i­tive than that.’’

In the ab­sence of reg­u­lar de­fender Danika Wor­thing­ton, Vikki Bester pulled on the dress for the Lak­ers and was in­stru­men­tal in re­strict­ing the Swans to the sin­gle-fig­ure open­ing-half score.

The Swans clearly strug­gled for any as­cen­dancy in at­tack, with key goalers Kate Bishop and Kathryn Hard both side­lined by in­jury.

Goal-at­tack Te­gan Side­bot­tom was left to do the bulk of the work in goals, as­sisted by part­time goalers Naomi Slade and Jess Ho­gan, who both stepped up to the plate in the ring at var­i­ous points of the match.

Ho­gan, the Swans’ reg­u­lar wing-at­tack, pro­vided height and a great feed­ing op­tion for Side­bot­tom in the ring, and proved to be quite the headache for Nagam­bie’s de­fence.

‘‘Jess has got that wing-at­tack po­si­tion down pat now, and she knows the move­ment in the ring and knows where to feed, so that prob­a­bly helped her play that feed­ing role for Te­gan,’’ Mundy said.

Up the other end, Sharni Lloyd was at her vin­tage best for the Lak­ers, work­ing her­self well around the ring and shoot­ing with pre­ci­sion for the en­tire match.

‘‘Sharni re­ally com­manded the ball and played one of her best games for the year,’’ Misiti said.

‘‘Her and Bianca (Wil­lis) are re­ally start­ing to form a beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion in goals and they seem to be get­ting bet­ter each week.’’

The sec­ond half was far more even be­tween the sides, with Avenel even man­ag­ing to outscore its op­po­si­tion in the fi­nal stanza — some­thing Mundy was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with.

‘‘We might have lost, but we walked away re­ally pos­i­tive, es­pe­cially with the girls win­ning the last quar­ter,’’ Mundy said.

‘‘We went in and stuck with them. We knew we couldn’t win the game by that stage, so that was a smaller win for us.’’

The fi­nal-quar­ter fade out from the Lak­ers didn’t go un­no­ticed by Misiti, who said it was def­i­nitely some­thing her side needed to ad­dress com­ing in to the pointy end of the sea­son.

‘‘We faded out a bit, which is some­thing we’ve been do­ing a bit and some­thing we need to prob­a­bly work on com­ing in to fi­nals,’’ she said.

Here, catch: off the pass while Rachael

Jostling: vie for po­si­tion from a

Plan:

Ac­tion:

Des­per­ate:

Spoiled for choice: Nagam­bie cen­tre Katie Sul­li­van has plenty of Pic­tures:

De­ci­sions: Vikki Bester weighs up her op­tions as she throws in from

Tac­tic: Macken­zie Gar­ner (WA) gets the pass in to Jess Ho­gan in the

Bam: Nat Fletcher gets the ball in to at­tack for Avenel.

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